Public Participation

Water brokerage puts water conservation at risk. An appeal by Alberta Wilderness Association, Water Matters and Trout Unlimited  ended when the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench found that the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) cannot grant “public interest standing” under the provincial Water Act. The groups sought to challenge...

[caption id="attachment_1710" align="alignright" width="300"] Image courtesy of Rosemary Ratcliff / http://www.freedigitalphotos.net[/caption] Alberta Energy is now half-way through its consultation workshops on regulations under the Responsible Energy Development Act, which will set out process and rules for the new Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). The workshops will be...

Alberta Energy is seeking input on the new energy regulator created by the Responsible Energy Development Act. Public consultation sessions are being held in 18 communities around the province. They started yesterday. The official media release is here: http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/201302/33676D9589382-F6E0-918B-3525D0EF57D1DD31.html From there you can find links to the...

Last year we had "Twas an Alberta night before Christmas" - this year is a much shorter environmental round up - sung to "Let it Snow"   Oh the omni-bus bills were frightful But the PR is so delightful And since the fish have no place to go We’ve been...

A recent news report indicates that the federal government intends to spend $4 million to promote its environmental protection record.  In light of recent cuts to organizations that work for environmental protection, this is very frustrating to say the least. There are numerous examples of funding...

Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act,which is intended to create aone window regulator that will “improve the energy regulation system for landowners, industry and the environment.” While this new regulator would address energy development from initial applications to...

As has been widely reported, the second omnibus budget bill has been tabled in Parliament (Bill C-45).  Part of the Bill is aimed at amending the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) to focus its regulatory application on impacts on prescribed navigable waters (listed in a...